As London’s Victoria & Albert Museum opens the highly anticipated Yohji Yamamoto retrospective exhibition (running from 12 March – 10 July 2011), SHOWstudio sits down with three of the innovative designer’s closest collaborators for an insightful conversation that explores the conceptualisation and metamorphosis of the Yamamoto aesthetic throughout the 80s. Led by curator and writer Magda Keaney, the conversation offers an intimate and tender perspective on Yamamoto’s directional body of work. The full conversation can be viewed here.

Iconic photographer Nick Knight, graphic designer Peter Saville and art director Marc Ascoli— all close collaborators and heavy influences in Yamamoto’s work in the 80s— speak candidly about their experiences with the revolutionary designer. From his early black and white peices, to the influx of Rococo colouring, to his complete reconceptualisation of the female form in fashion, Yamamoto is clearly and justifiably revered by his peers. A captivating and thought-provoking conversation, SHOWstudio— true to it’s committed story-telling, process-reveaing credence— offers a poignant insight into the intersection between art and fashion, the aesthetic and philosophic trajectory one of our greatest sartorial artists, and the enduring camaraderie of creative game-changers.